Why Movies Like ‘Tag’ Are Actually Really Important

Tag, directed by Jeff Tomsic, is important for not just our film community, but for our generation, and culture because it reminds us sophisticated and important grownups to have fun and keep our friends close. And that message is something we always need as a society.

Because movies do move us – they encourage us to get off the couch and do something, especially when they’re inspirational true stories like Tag. Yeah maybe that sounds a bit melodramatic for a comedy about a bunch of forty-somethings who’ve been playing tag for over 20 years, but hey, I think it’s important to realize the impact movies have, even the silly comedies.


Not only is it a funny narrative to remind us to play, but it’s based on an actual group of friends who’ve been playing the game of tag since they were in middle school.

They used to play tag during breaks at Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, Washington. And they kept it going after high school. Even drawing up a Tag Participation Agreement, which everyone signed. And as they got older, the game intensified and spread.

The Tag Brothers use their spouses as spies and some enlist their coworkers, making sure no one can visit them during office hours. One player tries to avoid being ‘It’ by taking holidays to Hawaii and once hired someone to meet him at the airport with a sign so it would distract whoever was ‘It’ and they could exit the airport from a different area.

It’s hilarious! But these guys are actually an inspiration to working hard too – they’re lawyers, priests, teachers, CEO’s, aeronautics engineers and more, but they still know how to have fun! I love it.

It’s a great reminder to us as grown ups to have fun. Fun keeps us young, reduces stress and it also keeps our friends close, despite the distance.


Besides a few broken bones, it looks like the cast had an epic time making this film.

During a stunt in which Jeremy Renner’s character is standing on a pile of chairs roughly 20 feet in the air, the actor fell, breaking both his arms. He didn’t realize they were broken right away, so continued with another take of the stunt. And then he went to the hospital during the lunch break where the doctor told him he’d fractured his right elbow and left wrist.

This is incredible. The man actually went back to work. He must’ve really been enjoying the process of telling this story to go back to work the same day.

In an interview with Jimmy Fallon, Renner smiles as he talks about going back to work that day and filming a scene where he got to throw donuts at Ed Helms’ face!

It’s important for us to enjoy life, to have fun even during the work.

My office is a pretty good example of this. We know how to get things done. We make movies, publish this film site, run three month schools for acting and film, put together acting workshops, we film weddings and events, and more. We do a lot, and for a team of only eight that’s pretty epic.

But we still make time for the fun too. There have been quite a few phenomenal nerf wars. And I think it’s these that help to keep our creativity and tenacity for telling good stories going strong. It also encourages our teamwork. Which is so important for us filmmakers. It may be a bit of cheesy saying now, but the truth of it still remains: Teamwork really does make the dream work.

And films like Tag encourage both play and friendship. In fact it’s the game that keeps their friendships alive.

I hope you go and watch Tag, maybe it’s the thing you and your friends need to add to your life. Maybe it’s a nerf war. Whatever it is, I hope Tag encourages you to hold on to your friends and keep playing even in your professional lives. Because I’m positive it will give you inspiration for your films.


  • Charis Joy Jackson

    Producer, Director, Writer, Actress

    Charis Joy Jackson is a writer, director, producer and teacher working with The Initiative Production Company. During the day she makes movies and in her spare time writes short stories and novel. She's a self-proclaimed nerd who wishes she could live in Hobbiton. You can follow her on Instagram @charisjoyjackson


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